France adds 1.5 million legal music downloaders

Friday 3 February 2012 | 11:17 CET | News
An estimated 1.5 million consumers have switched to legal music downloading so far as a result of France's Hadopi three-strikes law and consumer education system, based on legal music market growth of EUR 20 million to EUR 25 million, according to music rights holders association SNEP's president, Denis Ladegaillerie. Speaking at a Hadopi-sponsored conference during the MIPS music trade fair in Cannes, he said that P2P visitors had fallen by 3 million since the law came into effect, and the challenge continues to be growing the legal music market. Orange's Ludovic Pouilly said his company contributed around EUR 50 millon to the music industry in 2011, mainly in payments to rights holders, compared to EUR 30 million in 2010. The operator tries to offer the latest services, such as SVoD, streaming with Deezer, etc. He sees attractive legal music offers as the best weapon against piracy. Hadopi's Jacques Toubon that European and world policies must address the challenge of achieving musical diversity and with the right economic models. A European music creation financing system may be established, he added.

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